Never forget that time passes so quickly you don’t even notice it until it begins to show. So, use the good china, go on the trip, eat the cake, watch the late movie, read your favorite book, and take a chance in life.
Do you have an item or two at home that you’re saving? You know, maybe a new lipstick that you’ll take out of its wrapping when you’re meeting someone new, or a new dress that you’ll wear on a special occasion? How long have you been saving these items?
Back in 1980, when the family made the decision that we’d be moving to California shortly thereafter, I remember buying certain items (say, new dish towels) and telling us “we’ll save those for when we move.” We didn’t move for two years, but dammit, we had new dish towels when we arrived in Los Angeles!
It’s all about LATER. When I see an article online and don’t have time to read it right away, I save it for LATER. Here’s an interesting take from a young man about growing a beard:
Let me tell you how I grew a beard over the course of two weeks. It really wasn’t hard and it just took one little word that I’ve told myself every morning in the mirror: “later.” The only thing is, “later” never came around. Instead, every morning, I kept fooling myself that I’ll just do it later. I still have time, it doesn’t look that bad so I’ll just do it later. It became sort of a mantra and this magical “later” became a wonderland where things would eventually get done. I never really had the time to visit wonderland and see how crowded it really had become. In wonderland, I had to shave, work out, eat healthier, write to my friend half-way across the world, play with my dog and tell my wife I love her. Slowly, but surely, later-wonderland began to fill up. That client email, that invoice reminder or submitting the tax forms to my accountant. They will surely get done later.
Out-of-sight really becomes out-of-mind and wonderland becomes neverland. Because the more things you have in wonderland, the less likely you are to ever do them. A good rule of thumb: if it takes less than three minutes, just do it now!
This is so true. I keep putting off certain things, and eventually that list of things-to-do someday will become that list of do-it-now-or-else. Things you’d rather do later will rarely get done at all.
But what about “stuff” you’re saving for LATER? What’s the criteria? Do I wear that new lipstick only when I have a meeting with a new client? Can I use that fancy purse if I’m only going to the grocery store? I say no. Carry the new purse! Wear the new perfume! What are you waiting for?